SCAD Women’s Bowling team wins National Championship

SCAD Women’s Bowling Team won the 2022 NAIA National Championship on Sat., March 26, after three days of hard-fought games in Sterling, Michigan.

The Bees entered the NAIA tournament as the No. 1 seed advancing through the first two rounds of the tournament, before dropping to the lower bracket after a loss to William Penn University in the third round.

After battling their way out of the lower bracket and defeating William Penn in the seventh round, SCAD found themselves going head-to-head with Midland University in a double elimination championship game.

SCAD was able to win their first game against Midland, forcing the championship to go into a second game.

The Bees would beat Midland after three games, winning the fourth and final game after a nine strike streak.

Laura Kurt and Pamela Perez from SCAD both earned a spot on the tournament’s All-Star team, with Kurt also being named the Tournament MVP.

Perez, a junior who has been playing on the team for three years, said that despite the team ending up in the lower bracket early on, they were still able to keep a positive attitude and fight for a spot in the championship game.

“I think it was just keeping ourselves focused on what we wanted, which was obviously the win. We’re very good at match play, and managing the pressure. We were just kind of focused on shot by shot, staying clean and just being energetic. That’s the key for bowling on match play against another team,” said Perez.

 SCAD Women’s Bowling Team Head Coach Katie Thornton, noted that the team finding themselves in the lower bracket lit a fire in them, igniting their competitive spirit.

“Whenever they have that fire lit, nobody’s going to stop them. They kind of thrive on that pressure because they’re a really competitive group,” said Thornton.

Both the men and women’s bowling teams will be back in action on April 20 at the Intercollegiate Team Championships in Chicago.

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Alex Arango

Alex Arango is a multimedia journalist and Savannah local. He has a passion for quality community journalism, and is looking forward to serving the city that he has always called home.
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